• jms jms
    June 22, 2008
    Why does lying down make my headache worse?
    jms jms
    June 22, 2008

    I am always tired but dread going to sleep for fear I'll wake up with a headache. I take Relpax, and it helps, but I always run out of the prescription every month.


    Has anyone else experienced this type of headache? What can I do to help?



  • Eileen Gray
    Health Guide
    June 23, 2008
    Eileen Gray
    Health Guide
    June 23, 2008

    Hi jms!


    There are a few possible issues here. Your main question of why lying down makes your migraine worse is one for which there isn't a simple answer. Some of us feel better lying down; some feel better propped up on pillows or sitting up. Some doctors theorize that some people feel worse lying down because the migraine may be temporarily impacting cerebrospinal fluid pressure.


    You mentioned waking with a migraine, and that set off a bell. When we wake with a migraine, it very frequently means that it was triggered by an issue with our sleep. It could be too much sleep, too little sleep, sleeping on an irregular schedule, disrupted sleep, or otherwise poor quality sleep. For more on this see our video Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep.


    You also mentioned running out of Relpax. How many migraines do you get in a typical month? If we have three or more migraines a month, experts recommend discussing preventive treatment with our doctors. There are many options including dietary supplements, prescription medications, and even some medical devices. You can find more information on this in Migraine and Headache Prevention - So Many Options.


    Good luck!


  • ERFLTRN June 22, 2008
    June 22, 2008

    I also have the same problem. My migraines intensify to an almost unbearable level at times when I lay down. I spend a lot of time in my recliner. I don't have any answers for you because none of my doctors have been able to explain it either but if you need to vent I am a good listener. Take care


  • STEPHANIE December 27, 2008
    December 27, 2008

    I also have the same problem when lying down.  I used relpax for a year and ran out of my 14 pills every month. I then decided i did not want to be on drugs anymore and kept searching for the reason WHY I get migraines in the first place. I had daily migraines for app 3 years.  I love ranch dressing, chinese food and  mocha frappachinos from Starbucks.  I found this book HEAL YOUR HEADACHE THE 123 PROGRAM by David Bucholz, M.D.  He explains how MSG is the root cause of triggering our migraines.  It is hard and I am not faithful in eleminating everything but when I throw my chinese food back in I am usually doomed the next day. I call them couch days beacuase its easier than lying down in bed. I still lay down almost every nite and after 5 to 10 min have a headache but when I get up in the am I can usually bring that down to a 1 or 2 just by being up.  I recommend the book as a sterting point for EVERYONE.    It has changed my life I have not seen a Dr in 5 months I was having to get a demerol shot app every 6 weeks with a preventitive and relpax.  I am on no drugs just staying away from my enemies  F O O D!!!!!!

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